5.9/10
4,048
33 user 16 critic

Swing Shift (1984)

PG | | Drama, Romance, War | 13 April 1984 (USA)
Trailer
1:26 | Trailer
A woman finds romance when she takes a job at an aircraft plant to help make ends meet after her husband goes off to war.

Director:

Jonathan Demme

Writer:

Nancy Dowd (as Rob Morton)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The story of hard-luck Melvin E. Dummar, who claimed to have received a will naming him an heir to the fortune of Howard Hughes.

Director: Jonathan Demme
Stars: Paul Le Mat, Jason Robards, Elizabeth Cheshire
Citizens Band (1977)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

This movie interlaces the stories of several characters in a small town united by their use of CB (citizen's band) radio. Paul LeMat is the local CB coordinator who has time for little else... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Demme
Stars: Paul Le Mat, Candy Clark, Bruce McGill
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Spalding Gray discusses his participation in the film The Killing Fields (1984) and the background story about the troubles of Cambodia.

Director: Jonathan Demme
Stars: Spalding Gray, Sam Waterston, Ira Wheeler
Last Embrace (1979)
Mystery | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Harry breaks down and loses his job after his wife is assassinated - could it be his turn next ?

Director: Jonathan Demme
Stars: Roy Scheider, Janet Margolin, John Glover
Comedy | Crime | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

An undercover FBI agent falls in love with a recently widowed mafia wife, who is trying to restart her life following her husband's murder while being pursued by a libidinous mafia kingpin seeking to claim her for himself.

Director: Jonathan Demme
Stars: Michelle Pfeiffer, Alec Baldwin, Paul Lazar
Comedy | Crime | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A free-spirited woman "kidnaps" a yuppie for a weekend of adventure. But the fun quickly takes a dangerous turn when her ex-convict husband shows up.

Director: Jonathan Demme
Stars: Jeff Daniels, Melanie Griffith, Ray Liotta
Fighting Mad (1976)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

An Arkansas farmer stages a one-man war against corrupt land developers who want to evict him and his neighbors from their farms for real estate developments.

Director: Jonathan Demme
Stars: Peter Fonda, Gino Franco, Harry Northup
Beloved (1998)
Drama | History | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Based on the book by Toni Morrison, in which a slave is visited by the spirit of a mysterious young woman

Director: Jonathan Demme
Stars: Oprah Winfrey, Danny Glover, Yada Beener
Caged Heat (1974)
Action | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

In a women's prison, a group of inmates band together to combat the repressive and abusive policies of the warden.

Director: Jonathan Demme
Stars: Juanita Brown, Erica Gavin, Roberta Collins
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Malcolm Anderson is a reporter for a Miami newspaper. He's had enough of reporting the local murders and so promises his school teacher girlfriend (Christine), they'll move away soon. ... See full summary »

Director: Phillip Borsos
Stars: Kurt Russell, Mariel Hemingway, Richard Jordan
Crazy Mama (1975)
Action | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Several women begin an outlaws' lives in a desperate trip to their family farm, which was taken off them by corrupt authorities.

Director: Jonathan Demme
Stars: Cloris Leachman, Stuart Whitman, Ann Sothern
Comedy | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A sheltered young high society woman joins the United States Army on a whim and finds herself in a more difficult situation than she ever expected.

Director: Howard Zieff
Stars: Goldie Hawn, Eileen Brennan, Armand Assante
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Goldie Hawn ... Kay Walsh
Kurt Russell ... Lucky Lockhart
Christine Lahti ... Hazel Zanussi
Fred Ward ... Biscuits Toohey
Ed Harris ... Jack Walsh
Sudie Bond ... Annie
Holly Hunter ... Jeannie Sherman
Patty Maloney ... Laverne
Lisa Pelikan ... Violet Mulligan
Susan Peretz ... Edith Castle
Joey Aresco ... Johnny Bonnaro
Morris 'Tex' Biggs Morris 'Tex' Biggs ... Clarence
Reid Cruickshanks Reid Cruickshanks ... Spike
Danny Darst Danny Darst ... Deacon (as Daniel Dean Darst)
Dennis Fimple ... Rupert George
Edit

Storyline

Jack and Kay Walsh are typical of many couples of the 1940s, where he is the breadwinner and she the housewife dependent upon him to do the man's duties around the house. Jack believes one of their neighbors in the housing complex in which they live in Los Angeles is white trash - he letting her know so at every opportunity, while Kay is quietly curious about her. That neighbor is streetwise Hazel Zanussi, an aspiring singer who does get a chance to sing on occasion at the club managed by her casual boyfriend, Biscuits Toohey, although he relegates her to being one of the taxi dancers more often against her wants, while he cheats on her behind her back despite truly having feelings for her. Hazel just wants to make an honest living. Their worlds are turned upside down on December 7, 1941 when the US enters WWII with the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. Jack immediately enlists in the Navy, and while he will send money home, his decision leaves Kay largely to fend for herself. Against... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

When America marched off to war the women marched into the factory. From then on...nothing was the same.

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 April 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tjejen som jobbade skift See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Monica, California, USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,270,136, 15 April 1984

Gross USA:

$6,650,206

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,650,206
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The role of Ethel the landlady is played by Goldie Hawn's mother Laura. See more »

Goofs

When marine Bobby Danzig first speaks to Jeannie, he is wearing the insignia of a private first class (one chevron), but is wearing a red "blood stripe" on his dress blue trousers; this stripe is designated for non-commissioned officers, which a PFC is not (the Private First Class should be wearing plain blue trousers). However, the end credits identify Danzig as a corporal - two ranks higher than a PFC, and authorized to wear the stripe. See more »

Quotes

French deMille: Each returning serviceman will get his job back when the war is won. And you girls and women, you'll be going home. Back to being housewives and mothers as you promised to do when you came to work with us. Your lives will return to normal.
See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown over old, black and white photos. See more »

Alternate Versions

CBS edited 5 minutes from this film for its 1987 network television premiere. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Life Itself (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

I'll Be Seeing You
Composed by Irving Kahal and Sammy Fain
Performed by Jo Stafford
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Heavy-handed comedy-drama with equal parts pathos and nostalgia
18 May 2006 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

WWII star-vehicle for Goldie Hawn, here cast as a Rosie the Riveter-type who goes to work in an airplane-parts factory after her husband reports for duty. Poor beginning and hastily-filmed conclusion redeemed somewhat by bright moments in the middle. Hawn seems to realize she's being upstaged by Christine Lahti (as a "tramp" who lives in the same housing complex) and the final moments flip-flop trying to restructure the film's focus in Goldie's favor (check out that final shot). There's nothing wrong with that--Goldie's a wonderful presence and she's very appealing in parts of the movie--but her character as written just isn't all that interesting. As the men vying for Hawn's affections, Kurt Russell and Ed Harris are handsome and serviceable. As for Lahti, she indeed shines, obviously relishing the chance to play against type. I just wish the interaction between Lahti and Hawn had been explored with more depth, but it isn't. This is the fault of the screenwriter (the non-existent "Rob Morton", who is really Bo Goldman, Ron Nyswaner, and Nancy Dowd, here doing a WWII variation on "Coming Home", which Dowd also had a hand in) and also Goldie Hawn, who reportedly fought with director Jonathan Demme over control of the piece. They are all to blame for the slim box-office receipts "Swing Shift" struggled to bring in. **1/2 from ****


8 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 33 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series



Recently Viewed